Loving Father, Grandfather and Brother was called unexpectedly to the Lord on June 6, 2014. Arnie was born in Beulah, N.D., on Sept. 6, 1929, to Jacob and Rose Weiss. Arnie graduated from the eighth grade and worked in numerous professions before he, friends and an older brother moved to Billings in the early ‘50s.
Arnie met and later married Donna Montee on April 26, 1952. Together, they had three children.
Arnie worked as a road engineer for the Montana State Highway Department for 32 years. He just celebrated being retired longer than he was employed with the State. Arnie was a lifelong member of the LCMS.
His favorite pastime was games of chance, especially gin rummy or cribbage with his brother Ted or anyone else he could talk into a friendly game.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna, and several siblings. Arnie is survived by daughter Deb and Ken Papka; Mindi and Shawn Hatch and son Dylan; Val Slevira and her children Nate, Marena and Marissa, all of the Billings area; son Gary and Gabi Weiss of Park City; John and Susan Harmon and their children Cailyn and Julia of Washington; Carla Knapp and her son Robbie of Virginia and Sonja Weiss, of Illinois; daughter Lorri Weiss of Helena; Megan and Matt Meyers and their children Morgan and Mason, of Missoula; Arnie is also survived by his brother, Ted, and Barb and family and a sister and extended family along with many friends old and new.
Arnie was quick with a joke and always told his grandchildren, “Grandpa can fix anything but a broken heart.”
Cremation has taken place. The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave. In lieu of flowers, Arnie requested donations be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Vision Impairment Foundation.
Arnie has now cashed in his “chit” and is living the promise of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.